Culture

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

You can’t fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, where he had ostensibly taken them for a holiday, she would have known her chances of getting them back legally… Source: The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga Read More »

My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking

Canada has become a top destination for China’s 1 per centers. From 2005 to 2012, at least 37,000 Chinese millionaires became permanent residents of British Columbia, where they’re blamed for a real estate price surge… Source: My daddy’s rich and my Lamborghini’s good-looking Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition

Evidence of widespread literacy around 600 BC in mundane requests for wine and flour. Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisions to be sent to forces in… Source: Ancient shopping lists throw new light on Bible’s composition Read More »

The dark side of Guardian comments

As part of a series into the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the ten most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black… Source: The dark side of Guardian comments | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

COPENHAGEN — Lise Ramslog was out for a barefoot amble on the warm day last September that Europe’s refugee crisis came to her remote village in southern Denmark. The 70-year-old grandmother had planned a simple stroll. What she found in her quiet, coastal community were hundreds of… Source: Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees – The Washington Post Read More »

Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas

Some villagers, high in the Himalayas, maintain centuries old tradition of growing charas, Indian cannabis.. Indian Himalayas, India – Torn between a widespread tradition and an internationally imposed prohibition, thousands of villages scattered on the Indian Himalayas survive on the production of charas, hashish produced in India.  In India, the use of cannabis dates back to the sacred Vedas texts and has been a part of religious rituals and festivities for millennia… Source: Cannabis farmers hidden in India’s Himalayas – Al Jazeera ... Read More »

Canadian aboriginal community declares suicide crisis

Toronto: A Canadian aboriginal community of 2000 people has declared a state of emergency after 11 members tried to take their own lives on Saturday night. CTV News reported on Sunday that there were an additional 28 suicide attempts last month in the remote northern community of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario… Source: Canadian aboriginal community declares suicide crisis Read More »

Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency

An indigenous community in northern Canada has declared a state of emergency after 11 people attempted to take their own lives in one day. The Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario saw 28 suicide attempts in March and more than 100 since last September, Canadian media said, with one person… Source: Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency – BBC News Read More »

Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover

For centuries, Christians in Turkey, though a minority in the predominantly Muslim country, have maintained and protected their sacred places of worship. These ancient churches are even older than Islam. Now, Christians in Turkey are fearful that they… Source: Christians fear losing ancient churches in Turkey after government takeover | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born

The Austrian government says it plans to seize Adolf Hitler’s birth house in an attempt to stop it being a focal point for Nazi sympathisers.. Officials say the decision was taken after several years of discussion about how to prevent neo-Nazi interest… Source: Austria plans to seize house where Hitler born – BBC News Read More »

Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse

‘You bet, they die.’ Animal rights campaigners shouted “shame on you” to racegoers attending the final day of the Grand National meeting on Saturday. Dozens of protestors stood outside Aintree Racecourse, holding placards that read “National disgrace” and “You bet, they die”… Source: Grand National 2016 Protest Outside Aintree Racecourse Read More »

British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby

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In what can be called a strange love story a 51-year-old woman has reportedly fallen in love with her biological son, who has left his wife in Colorado to pursue a relationship with his mother. Kim West, who grew up in Islington, London, had given up her son for adoption soon after his birth, but they… Source: British-born Kim West reunites with son Ben Ford after 30 years, falls in love and plans to have his baby Read More »

Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads

Greens policy would be next step after Gillard government put a stop to promotion of live odds during matches.. Advertisements for gambling would be treated like tobacco promotions and banned completely under a policy announced by the Greens… Source: Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’

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Chicago pacifist Walter Griffin’s design for Australia’s new capital promised so much – even German beer gardens. But when war broke out, his ideas were shunned by planners and politicians alike, and a more prosaic city emerged… Source: Story of cities #17: Canberra’s vision of the ideal city gets mired in ‘mediocrity’ | Cities | The Guardian Read More »